Nutrition and ADHD

There was a good, not great, but good article in ADDitude this week about nutrition and ADHD. 

It made some really good points that are pretty well established. The ADHD brain does better with high protein and low simple carbs. Though there is some good evidence that that is good for most humans. It is also good for those of us who are prone to depression and anxiety. 

There are some other claims in the article that seem a bit extra-science to me. And, I noted there there didn’t seem to be any studies cited. Let’s me honest. The field of nutrition is one offers a new best think pretty often. But I do think that the carb / protein has enough research behind it. 

Omega 3’s are also good for humans. But, there are different kinds. They are not without environmental impact. And, the benefits for ADHD are not statistically significant for those who are effectively medicated already. At least according to what I’ve read… though I will admit that was a while ago. 

So, if you want to go beyond eating lots of healthy veggies and a moderate amount of naturally raised earth sustaining protein, and a lower carb diet, I would do your research in PARTICULARLY REPUTABLE sources. 

I should also say, that I recognize that the previous proposal is made by a white middle class guy who used to be a professional chef. I figure it is on you to try to acquire the skills to cook healthy. But, it is on us a a society to make sure that everyone has financial and logistical access to the healthy food the need to thrive. And, frankly we do not do a good enough job at that. (Wow. It’s hard not to let at least a little social justice talk sneak into these posts these days. Perhaps I need a spin off blog?)

Standard Disclaimer:  In an effort to foil my own perfectionist tendencies, I do not edit my posts muh,  if at all. Please excuse typos, mistakes, grammatical errors, or awkward phrasing. I focus on getting my content down. In my humble opinion, an imperfect post posted is infinitely better than a perfect post that goes unfinished.

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